Gordon has just demonstrated that he is completely incapable of sensing the popular mood. Asked a straight forward question about the death of Baby P he went into a prepared answer full of bureaucratic jargon. His tone was really off key and made worse when he made a cheap partisan allegation. Clearly something is wrong in the Haringey Children’s Services department despite the Victoria Climbié inquiry.
The Children’s Services director should not investigate her own department. Sharon Shoesmith should resign.
“This is about doing something for fun and showing people that I’m not just a serious politician and a serious former police officer… I think the public when they see me in the jungle are going to see that I’m not some camp, that I’m not some sort of liberal guy who’s got really crazy ideas about everything on the planet including drugs. I think they’re going to see somebody who actually is fairly normal, whatever normal is.”
Nothing to do with him missing the limelight and not having a proper job. Yeah, right.
From Court reports:
The boyfriend, a knife-obsessed sadist, wore combat gear, collected Nazi military memorabilia including helmets and daggers decorated with swastikas and was always seen with his beloved Rottweiler. He even kept martial arts weapons and a crossbow at the family’s home. Relatives described how as a child he had tortured guinea pigs and particularly frogs, which he would skin alive before breaking their legs.
He had been prosecuted by the RSPCA for torturing animals and faced a police investigation over claims he tortured his own grandmother, allegedly to make her change her will in his favour. The elderly woman died of pneumonia before a decision was taken on whether he should face prosecution, police sources said.
Baby P’s wounds began within weeks of the 32-year-old illiterate odd-job man moving into his mother’s four-bedroom council house in Haringey, North London.
The stepdad also “trained” Baby P to sit on the floor with his head between his legs for half an hour until he clicked his fingers. Police images of the tot’s injuries and stained clothes were shown to jurors.
Prosecuting QC Sally O’Neill told how a family friend revealed the depth of the abuse as the child was used like a punchbag.
She said the stepdad would “pick him up by his throat, punch him and spin him around on the computer chair until he fell off”.
Baby P’s back was broken by being forced over a bent knee or banister, the court heard.
His ears were torn where he had been lifted off the ground and fingernails, fingertips and a toenail were missing. His fingernails were pinched – and possibly ripped by pliers – until they fell off. He had lesions on his scalp — and his lips were ripped.
On Baby P’s final day alive, August 2, police told his mother that they would take no further action over suspicions she had assaulted him.
Medical experts told the trial that Baby P probably received a final, fatal blow that night which stopped him breathing and knocked out a tooth, later found in his stomach.
Is it really right that he faces a maximum sentence of only 14 years?
Baby P had head injuries, a broken back, nine fractured ribs, fingernails and a toenail missing, a severe mouth injury, a ripped ear and extensive bruising on his body. He was found dead in his blood spattered cot.
Two men have been convicted of using the 17 month old as a punch bag over an eight month period. The pathologist said the wounds were of the intensity of a car crash.
You know in all truth, if ordinary decent criminals used these two as punch bags and they were to be found dead in a blood spattered cell, Guido would cheer. You can’t take the law into your own hands, but when the law fails to protect innocent children, many people including Guido, will say: justice can be a long time coming.
Haaretz reports that
Tony Blair’s body guard caused a fright on Tuesday when he accidentally fired his handgun at Ben-Gurion International Airport. No one was injured in the incident, which occurred outside the terminal building at around 3:00 P.M. Blair, a former British prime minister, was preparing leave Israel at the time. Israel Airport Authority security guards and police rushed to the scene after the shot. An initial probe revealed that the incident was due to an error by the bodyguard, a foreign national.
In May, Israeli fighter jets scrambled to intercept an unidentified aircraft suspected to be hostile, only to find out that it carried none other than Blair, a top military official said.
Some might say he always brings trouble to the Middle East…
This policy idea is, Cameron admitted, more of a think-tank style Pre-Budget Report submission. The Tories like to boast that their policy ideas get nicked by Brown and they get to implement policy by proxy. Gordon has already rejected this one.
So no income tax cut for breakfast, but the Tories were dishing out bacon sarnies as a consolation prize.
UPDATE :The Tory press conference was originally for 10.00 tomorrow morning. Downing Street shifted Brown’s monthly press conference to 9.30 tomorrow, instead of the usual 12.00. Dave then brought his forward to 8.30. Perhaps Gordon will try and trump himby slipping in some policy changes in his speech tonight at the Lord Mayor’s banquet.
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David Cameron on political promiscuity…
“On May 7 you could go to bed with Nigel Farage and wake up with Ed Miliband. Not one bit of that works for me.”